COVID-19 Response

Compilation of Resources

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is open for business but temporarily closing its doors to the public. Mail and package deliveries can still be made in the designated area.

The main office number 615-254-4663 is being answered from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday if you need assistance or more information. All Nashville office staff will be working remotely and can be reached by email or cell phone during this time.

Builds
All scheduled builds have been postponed until further notice. We hope to resume building May 13, understanding the need to monitor conditions daily. Construction builds in the Divisions have also been postponed until further notice with a projected restart date in May.

ReStores
Habitat’s three ReStores are closed until further notice. Donation drop offs, pick ups and deconstructs are postponed until further notice.

Homeownership Classes
All on-site homeowner classes have been temporarily suspended with the expectation that the classes will go virtual until the pandemic passes.

Habitat of Greater Nashville is doing its part to support local efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by modifying its current staffing protocols, build schedule, and on-site classroom participation. We appreciate your understanding.


Community News

COVID-19 testing centers
Metro officials are hoping to offset some of that patient volumes by taking on a bulk of the screening. The Unified Command delivered the testing kits and PPE necessary to open up three assessment centers across Nashville to administer tests to residents. They will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The screening sites will be open at Nissan Stadium and Meharry Medical College, which open today, and the old K-Mart on Murfreesboro Road, which opens on Wednesday. Metro Coronavirus Task Force Leader Alex Jahangir said the assessment centers would have supplies to be operational for at least two weeks.

To coordinate screening, Metro has set up a hotline staffed by 15 nurses and other public health professionals, available to answer general questions and distribute resources from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The number is 615-862-7777 and the hotline offers interpretation services in Spanish and Arabic, among other languages.

Employment
For those who are out of work due to COVID-19 or the recent storms you can go to this website to view companies who are hiring at this time:

https://www.visitmusiccity.com/covid-19-information/covid-19-resources-nashvillians#jobs

Unemployment
If you need to file for unemployment because of the COVID-19 virus, please visit the Tennessee Department of Human Services by clicking here.

Financial Services
For those needing financial assistance during this time, United Way has set up a portal with resources and you can find it here: www.nashvilleresponsefund.com/individuals

Metro Utility Services
Nashville Utilities Utilities will not be disconnecting service through the end of May and are offering relief with payment plans.
    •    Metro Water Services has suspended cut-offs and will waive late fees.
    •    NES has suspended all disconnects for nonpayment and will waive late fees.
    •    Piedmont Gas has suspended all disconnects.
    •    Comcast is allowing postponement of payment.
    •    Eviction notices in Davidson County are suspended until further notice.

Health
Nashville residents who have questions about COVID-19 or believe they need to be assessed can call a new Metro hotline at 615-862-7777.  It is staffed by health care professionals. After assessment, individuals who believe they may have COVID-19 should call their primary care physicians.

People may be experiencing mental health issues during this time of self-isolation and some individuals may not feel Safer at Home.
    •    Metro’s Crisis Support Center: 615-244-7444
    •    Metro’s Mobile Crisis Unit: 615-726-0125
    •    Metro Nashville’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Services
    •    National Alliance on Mental Illness of Middle Tennessee
    •    YWCA Nashville’s Domestic Violence Crisis and Support text line (available 24/7): 615-983-5170

Disaster Funding Sources
1.    INSURANCE – Federal disaster assistance legally cannot provide funds for disaster losses that are covered by insurance.
2.    FEMA – provides funding for households not covered by insurance. Some types of assistance are dependent on the ability to qualify for a loan from SBA. FEMA 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY) (Multilingual operators are available). The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Those needing FEMA assistance have 60 days to apply from date of the storms.
3.    SBA – provides loans to eligible homeowners and renters in a declared disaster area for losses not covered by insurance or other means. You have to register through FEMA.

Legal Assistance
Legal Aid Society – 615-244-6610

COVID-19 Small Business Aid Information

CDC
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 virus from the CDC can be found here.

Mayor Cooper "Safer At Home"

Mayor Cooper has issued a 14 day stay at home order which ends April 5. Here is what is considered essential services:

Residents can still travel for essential activities but need to stay at least six feet away from others. Essential activities include:
• Grocery, convenience or warehouse store
• Pharmacy or other health care necessities
• Medical appointments
• Restaurants for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
• Care for a friend or family member
• Going outside to exercise
• Walking pets or taking them to veterinary services
• Receiving deliveries

The order prohibits individuals from:
• Going to work unless employed by a business providing essential services
• Visiting friends and family if there is no urgent need
• Maintaining less the six feet of distance from others
• Visiting loved ones in hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities or residential care facilities

 

Important Things to Know

The Financial Empowerment Center has provided important information for anyone who has been impacted by the storm. Please click on the links below:

Tornado Insurance

Financial Tips During a Disaster

Replacing Important Documents

Renters Rights

Tornado Free Legal Clinics

Hiring a Contractor

Blood donation:
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center: 2201 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203; 800-733-2767 (Blood Bank)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Light Hall 2215 Garland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37232 (Blood Bank)
Veteran Affairs Medical Center: 1310 24th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-327-4751 (Blood Bank)